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Auschwitz liberated

Film | Accession Number: 1991.012 | RG Number: RG-60.2769 | Film ID: 167

"Filmdokumente" on the German concentration camps, made under Soviet auspices with narration in English. This film was taken by a Soviet military film crew upon liberating Auschwitz in January 1945. eople in camp in winter with snow on the ground. CUs, prisoners behind wire (women and children). LSs, AVs, the camp covered with snow. Map of Auschwitz, plans for the crematorium. INT, women in rows of bunks. "Arbeit Macht Frei" gate. Barbed wire. INT, gas chamber. CUs women in the bunks. CUs albums of photographs (showing different nationalities). VS groups of survivors behind wires, worn faces, dead in the street, men with blankets over their heads. The evacuation of the camp - prisoners are helped and carried out; crowds march out (many wearing striped uniforms); horses and wagons carry the sick; children are led out by nuns and others, including child survivor Tomy Shacham at 04:10:04 wearing a uniform with extra-long arms and Eva Mozes Kor and her twin sister Miriam leading the group at 04:10:15. CUs, children, showing numbers on their arms. The girl in the center of the frame not wearing a uniform but a regular jacket is Sarah Racimora. The boy to her right is Rene (Guttman) Slotkin. HAS, procession of children moving in barbed wire enclosure. CUs, charred heads and remains of bodies in the ovens. CUs, cans of gas and other chemicals, bodies in a deep trench, one woman with an embryo beside her. Russian commission examines a deep grave filled with bodies. Prisoners demonstrate a scaffold, including the trap and noose. CUs, prisoners who were professors and doctors. Shots of storehouse: human hair in bundles, piles of false teeth, razors, brushes, eyeglasses, shoes and clothing. Russian soldiers hold up some children's clothing. Suitcases from all countries are also piled up. VS, women weep beside grave. A band plays the funeral march. Choir boys follow the band. Many coffins are carried to large grave as hundreds attend ceremonies. Priests and flag bearers attend. Women weep as the huge grave is covered. Doctors examine some of the survivors: an emaciated youth, children with bad feet, men with swollen ankles, all evidences of brutality. Some still photographs of formerly healthy children in contrast with conditions in the camp. Still photos of Nazis.
ROLLING CREDITS at end: "Three Allied Powers will follow them over to the ends of the world and will hand them over to prosecution so that justice be served. Roosevelt, Stalin, Churchill."

Event:  January-February 1945
Production:  1945
Auschwitz, Poland
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, gift of Hadassah Rosensaft
Record last modified: 2021-06-03 12:43:18
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